Nautical Rules of the Road: Practice Like the Pros

The traffic separation scheme for San Francisco shows inbound and outbound lanes to and from the north, west, and south.

The nautical rules of the road can seem like pretty dry material to new boaters, but people who are experienced on the water know how valuable they are … [Read more...]

Trolling at 10 Knots – Wahoo!

This wahoo took the hook when Grande Mariner was running at 10 knots in five-foot following seas.

Boat Trader visitors have read about safety operations and shallow-water operations aboard the small cruise ship Grande Mariner. Well, this one's about … [Read more...]

Small Cruise Ship, Shallow-Water Ops

Grande Mariner draws only seven feet, and can nose into a lot of places where larger vessels can't venture.

Most Boat Trader readers, whether they run on rivers and lakes or along coasts, can probably relate to boats that are purpose-built for their areas of … [Read more...]

Tripping Your Anchor Free

Have your crew on the bow snub or make fast the anchor rode when it's "up and down," then let the boat's power break the anchor free.

While setting an anchor may have its challenges, getting it back aboard often proves the most difficult task -- especially if you're hauling it in by hand, … [Read more...]

Safety Gear Checklists: Smart on Any Vessel

The safety checklist aboard Grand Mariner runs to 273 line items.

I sometimes write about the routines and challenges of running a charter schooner in busy Newport, Rhode Island. Now I'm reporting from  Belize city, … [Read more...]

Plan Your Annual Boat Budget, Plus Money-Saving Tips

Boats idling at a dock because you didn’t anticipate operating costs are in a sad state. Don’t be boat poor, use the guidelines in this article to control and plan your annual operating expenses.

There is no doubt that the boating lifestyle can be expensive.  Just how expensive depends on the size of the boat, where you keep it, and what you do … [Read more...]

Boating Weather: The Name of the Wind

A pilot boat charges ino the teeth of the Fremantle Doctor in western Australia. Photo courtesy of WikiMedia Commons.

The earth’s prevailing winds are caused by uneven heating at the equator and the poles. This, along with the rotation of the planet and the influence … [Read more...]

Boating Weather: Clouds

Rough weather can pop up quickly. Using your own understanding of clouds along with local forecasts from the pros will keep you safer on the water.

Boating when it’s nice out is fun; boating when the weather conditions aren’t perfect is challenging. Boaters who most easily adapt to the conditions … [Read more...]

Boating Weather: Atmospheric Pressure

Pressure changes in our atmosphere are due to uneven heating of air. Wind flows from high pressure toward low pressure.

“Man lives at the bottom of an ocean of air,” reads the opening of the chapter on the atmosphere and its circulation in Knight’s Modern Seamanship. … [Read more...]

Boating Weather: A Bit of Oceanography

Over many thousands of years, the outflow of the Hudson River has created the well-known undersea canyon.

I was fortunate to go to sea right after high school on a Woods Hole Oceanographic vessel, the Lulu, sub-tender for the deep submersible Alvin. I was only … [Read more...]